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Remembering Raymond Burnett, Mayfield man killed in his neighborhood

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MAYFIELD, Ky. - UPDATE: Funeral services are now set for 65-year-old Raymond Lee Burnett, the victim of Tuesday afternoon's stabbing in Mayfield, Ky.

Services for Burnett will be held at First United Methodist Church in Mayfield at 11 a.m. Saturday, October 11. That service will be preceded by a visitation from 9 to 11 a.m. There will also be a visitation Friday, October 11 from 5-8 p.m. at Byrn Funeral Home in Mayfield.

Those who wish to express sympathy are encouraged to make donations to Mayfield's Purchase Players Community Performing Arts Center or the Mayfield-Graves County Food Pantry.

A man stabbed to death in the street is being remembered for his kindness, while another faces the highest charge possible. Wednesday afternoon in criminal court, Christopher Dickson learned he is charged with murder in the stabbing death of 65-year-old Raymond Burnett. It's a class A felony.

Dickson is in the Graves County Jail and was arraigned by video. His court-appointed attorney entered a not guilty plea as Dickson listened in looking unphased.  Graves County Judge Deborah Hawkins Crooks set his bond at one million dollars, cash, before recusing herself from the case. She went to church with the victim and said she knew him. Dickson is due back in court next Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. There will be a special judge appointed to preside over the case after Wednesday.

Some of Burnett's neighbors were there when he was stabbed and said they're still struggling to understand why.

Police said Burnett got into a fight with Christopher Dickson Tuesday night. Right across the street is where the fight ended when Burnett collapsed on Renee Shaw's front lawn. She said, "I just heard somebody yell. I ran outside, and Raymond was laying in my yard."

Toni Montgomery was also in the neighborhood near Delrose and Anderson. She said she jumped into action when Burnett told her he had been stabbed. "The first thing you think about is to help the person. So, the first thing we wanted to do was to get him calm, apply pressure where we could, and just keep talking to him until the ambulance arrived," she said.

The violent and shocking scene affected the entire city. Burnett's neighbor Tony Stanley said, "I will never forget this." People are remembering him with love. Montgomery said, "Mr. Raymond was someone that was very much loved here in Mayfield. My grandchildren are still asking why."

Only one man has the answer to that question. He's a man claiming he isn't guilty, though people in Burnett's neighborhood said they're glad he is off the streets. "It wasn't 30 minutes before this happened, my husband and my children were out here playing ball. It makes you wonder what else could have happened," said Shaw.

At the time of this stabbing, Dickson was out on bail. He was arrested and charged with assaulting his grandfather back in August. That case is still pending. His criminal rap sheet shows a list of multiple crimes that have now escalated to a murder charge.

Police said they say Dickson and Raymond Burnett didn't even know each other. They still aren't sure why this happened. The case is still under investigation. Burnett's autopsy is being completed in Nashville.
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